China Cracks Down on Social Media
In a Sept. 26th, 2017 post to Tech in Asia, Eva Xiao writes about the latest fines levied against the leading social media platforms in China - yet another sign of the efforts by Chinese authorities to prevent the spread of messages that are deemed unacceptable by the state.
"This year, government regulators have rolled out a number of new rules, like holding WeChat group owners responsible for content shared in their chat groups. In September, authorities arrested a man for complaining about police raids in the app.
Celebrity gossip social media accounts have also been muzzled. In June, 60 accounts were closed as China’s cyberspace authorities told tech firms to “actively propagate core socialist values.”
Earlier this year, the Chinese government ordered domestic telecom carriers to enforce a ban on virtual private networks (VPNs), which help users circumvent the “Great Firewall.” In July, Apple removed VPN-related apps from the China App Store to comply with Chinese laws."